Galaxy Tab available in S'pore from Saturday

Galaxy Tab available in S'pore from Saturday

Summary: Singapore Telecommunications, exclusive local operator to carry Samsung's Galaxy Tab, announces service bundles for the 7-inch Android tablet, priced from S$538, which will go on sale starting Nov. 13.


SINGAPORE--The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available here from Saturday exclusively from local operator, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), which has unveiled subsidized price and bundled Internet price plans for the device.

In a media statement Tuesday, SingTel said the 7-inch Android media tablet will be available on monthly mobile price plans ranging from S$538 (US$417.97) for the operator's 3G Flexi Lite subscribers. The Galaxy Tab will be bundled free for 3G Flexi Plus customers who pay a monthly subscription fee of S$95 (US$73.81).

SingTel Samsung Galaxy Tab
mobile price plans
 3G Flexi Lite3G Flexi3G Flexi Plus
Galaxy Tab priceS$538S$298S$0
Monthly SubscriptionS$39S$56S$95
Free Local Data12GB12GB12GB
Free Local Outgoing Calls (anytime)100 mins200 mins500 mins
Free Local SMS500500500
SingTel Samsung Galaxy Tab
home Internet price plans
BroadBand Package15Mbps Unlimited Home BroadBand
with 1.5Mbps Mobile BroadBand
Galaxy TabBundled
Monthly subsciptionS$75.90 Comes with Integrated Wireless Modem and 3G Mobile Data SIM Card
Free local data for mobile broadband30GB
Value-added services Tab
  • Free 30MB email storage
  • Free 24-month 20MB supplementary email account
  • Pay 6 months and get 6 months free SingTel-McAfee Security Suite (12mths contract)

Anticipating that users will use the tablet as a mobile device or a Internet device at home, SingTel said the device will be offered with the telco's mobile 3G monthly plans and fixed-broadband plans.

Users who want to purchase the tablet without a telco contract can do so for S$998 (US$775.34). Samsung will sell the tablet at its own retail outlets although no dates have been announced yet on when this sales channel will be made available.

The announcement follows the launch of rival product, the Apple iPad, which has been available in Singapore since July. According to figures from Strategy Analytics released last week, Apple currently dominates the global tablet market at 95 percent.

But Samsung remains undaunted, saying that its tablet is more competitive than the iPad in certain areas. At the IFA electronics show in September, W.P. Hong, head of Samsung Mobile's product planning team, pointed to the Android's front- and back-mounted cameras for picture-taking and video chat as a key advantage over the Apple tablet. Wong added that the Galaxy Tab is also lighter than both 3G and non-3G variations of the Apple tablet.

The Galaxy device measures at 7 inch and is powered by Android 2.2, dubbed Froyo. Hong said Galaxy Tab users will be able to upgrade their mobile operating system to Gingerbread Android 2.3 but not its successor Honeycomb.

Samsung plans to push its Galaxy series which includes smartphones and tablets in the enterprise market by making the devices more enterprise-friendly.

The vendor's tablet play in the enterprise market will be joined by Research In Motion's (RIM) Playbook tablet which was announced at the end of September. In a previous ZDNet Asia report, an Ovum analyst noted that RIM will be able to contend with the iPad, at least among enterprise users, but still faces a tough battle ahead in efforts to win user loyalty.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

Liau Yun Qing

About Liau Yun Qing

The only journalist in the team without a Western name, Yun Qing hails from the mountainy Malaysian state, Sabah. She currently covers the hardware and networking beats, as well as everything else that falls into her lap, at ZDNet Asia. Her RSS feed includes tech news sites and most of the Cheezburger network. She is also a cheapskate masquerading as a group-buying addict.

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